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Isinbayeva: fight for participating in Olympics ends with tears in face of lawlessness

July 25, 1:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Our defense was weak, I would even say zero, no one defended my rights," two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said
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MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has said she faced lawlessness and chaos in the fight for the right to perform at 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"Our fight for Rio is over. It’s not my fate to stand at the highest step of the podium at the Olympics once again. Russian national anthem will not play for me again, and I will not bring joy to my dear fans once again with my pole vaulting," Isinbayeva wrote on her Instagram. "Our defense was weak, I would even say zero, no one defended my rights. It is very sad to feel powerless in the face of this lawlessness and chaos. Tears stream down my cheeks from realization of everything I have done for athletics," she continued.

"Together with Yevgeny Valisyevich (Trofimov - coach) were ahead of time by 10 years with our world records and victories. Pole vaulting became sports number one in world athletics, and my victory in Cheboksary still remains the best result in the world. It will remain a mystery what I could have given to the world in Rio - which height, which emotions," she concluded.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction.

The press service of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) told TASS that it will not reconsider applications of Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 31st summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.

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